New research on subjective noise disturbance

Published: 2022-12-01

European project FAMOS (FActors MOderating people’s Subjective reactions to noise) investigated how various subjective aspects can moderate noise disturbance. The findings have recently been disseminated, see Project’s website. Project report. Guide book.

Urban Soundscapes Documentation Project

Published: 2020-10-18

A research project for documentation of soundscapes based on 360 video and spatial audio. The site includes a reference library from documented cities around the word.

Japanese Gardens

Published: 2020-05-15

New documentations from Japanese gardens added under “reference sounds”. The sound recordings were made in conjunction with a one-year study on restorative soundscapes in Japan (the study covered, in addition to gardens, forest bathing, “shinrin-yoku”). The Japanese garden tradition is filled with examples of how strategies to abate noise can be combined (most typically, screening and masking). Many gardens are surrounded by dense modern cities, but may still be perceived as tranquil. In addition to noise abatement, the documentations also cover design effects like nightingale floors, suikinkutsu and deer scarer.

Hush City App

Published: 2019-10-02

With the application “Hush City”, users can describe and share everyday quietness. The app contains maps and tools to aid identification. Read more about the app here.  App envisioned by Dr. Antonella Radicchi for the EXPO Milan 2015 and implemented at TU Berlin in 2017.

Click here to download in Itunes store

Click here to download in Google Play

Thesis on representation of sound

Published: 2019-02-02

A new licentiate-thesis in artchitecture dealing with representation and communication of sound, and developing tools and methods to work with sound in a qualitative way.   Pdf

Hällgren, Nina (2019). Designing with Urban Sound: Exploring methods for qualitative sound analysis of the built environment. Lic.-avh. Stockholm : Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, 2019

New thesis on sound art

Published: 2019-02-02

New PhD thesis that develops our understanding for transversal processes within sound art.  Link

Stjerna, Åsa (2018). Before sound: transversal processes in site-specific sonic practice. Diss. Göteborg : Göteborgs universitet, 2018

Can speaker sounds improve the perception of traffic noise?

Published: 2019-02-02

A research project in Australia has investigated if speaker sounds can be used to improve the perception of noise. Two approaches were tested, one was to retune the noise to give it a more musical character, and one was active noise reduction (i.e. cancellation of the phases). An etnographic study provided insights as to how the experience was affected. The project report is available  online containing links to interesting sound examples.

Launching SoundscapeDesign.Info

Published: 2018-05-30

Welcome to soundscape design: the homepage is now launched! This site was originally developed in 2010 following a collaboration between landscape architect/PhD Gunnar Cerwén and the think tank Movium. The sound environment center at Lunds University supported the latest update which includes a design tool as well as a translation to English. Generous fincancial support has been offered through the years from: MoviumÅF IngemanssonSLUMalmö stad, The Sound environment center and Kalmar kommun.